Eleven years ago today, the United Nations Security Council adopted a new resolution –UNSCR 1325 – the first ever resolution to explicitly recognise the impacts of conflict on women. In a ground-breaking move, 1325 mandated the international community to ensure women’s participation in all peace negotiations. This built on years of women practically building peace in their communities, and long term lobbying from women’s rights activists. It was a significant breakthrough for women and peace. (more…)

We are all too familiar with the typical end game that results from war fatigue. The winding-down phase is as symbolic as it is actual, with military bases and defense dollars continuing to flow well after the media stops reporting on the conflict. The current conflict may come to some form of conclusion, but the larger war continues. War fatigue, it seems, is a key element in the larger story of perpetual war. (more…)